Typically, we share recommendations for the best products, period — it doesn’t matter when they came out as long as they are exceptionally useful, beautiful, surprising, or otherwise worth recommending. This year we have gone in a different direction, focusing almost entirely on the world of the new. Here, you’ll find a wide assortment of recently released things for every person on your list, from mood music for a plant owner (a rerelease of a 1976 record that apparently helps monsteras and ZZ’s grow) to a big-dog-specific tote for a pit-bull parent. Plus, of course, hundreds of other ideas, from a vase that grows an avocado (seen above, $45 from ilexstudio.com) to a handful eerily realistic ceramic peanuts to a Lucite cat bed that could easily double as a side table. Don’t miss all of the Strategist’s holiday gift coverage right here, too.
Zooey Deschanel’s Butter Lettuce
Downtown Cowboy Hat
Appropriate for a rodeo in Mesquite or a shopping day in Chinatown.
Obscure Art Book
It documents German-born artist Felix Burrichter’s exhibition at the Swiss Institute, and, to be honest, we really liked the cover.
He looks about ready to flex on the corner of Mercer and Howard.
Start-up Stomach Relievers
Mood Music for Succulents
The bottle comes with a little easy-grip koozie.
Trompe L’Oeil Cat Toy
An unlikely but charming collaboration between SpongeBob and Igloo.
CBD Lip Balm
The first non-soap, non-candle offering from Maine-based Wary Meyers.
Like a Japanese forest in a bag.
Coveted Kids’ Toy
Recycled-Plastic Cutting Board
Sold out three days after it launched in July, it’s now back in stock.
Milky Face Wash
The color, according to Judi Rosen, is “Laura Ashley threw up.”
Chengdu Chili Sauce
Newly available in the U.S.; “its fragrancy lingers,” according to Grub Street.
Display-Worthy Toilet Paper
Cacao from the Dominican Republic, processed into sticks in Red Hook.
It looks straight out of a Delia’s catalogue.
The New Black Vanguard
Curator and critic Antwaun Sargent’s new fashion-photography book.
Watch as its seed grows roots.
For a more sustainable New Year’s.
Coupe glasses from Sir/Madam.
Aplat’s cotton cover is a less wasteful alternative to tinfoil.
So your Saarinen enthusiast doesn’t have to trek to JFK.
Extremely Online T-Shirt
Your 22-year-old will get it.
Carol Joo Lee’s sculptures are fairly indistinguishable from the real thing.
One-Handed Knife Cleaner
Direct from Japanese farmers.
Sans-Serif Magnet Letters
These are made from soft foam; punctuation marks included.
A weekly subscription for 14 slightly worse-for-wear (but no less delicious) fruits and vegetables.
Pineapple Soy Sauce
Fermented with black soybeans and, yes, Taiwanese-grown pineapples.
Based on a manuscript discovered in 2013.
Element of Surprise
Tinsley Mortimer’s Eyelashes
A collaboration between Winky Lux and the Real Housewife.
From carbonara lasagna to sweet-pea lasagna.
The Tile Bluetooth tracker, now in sticker form.
A collaboration between Only NY and the Brooklyn Museum.
Pre-rolled birthday-candle-shaped spliffs.
This Hape toy wobbles and flaps her wings.
From buzzed-about LEGO alternative Plus-Plus.
They’re made to order within three weeks.
Broadway Baby ABCs
“She’s brilliant and bold with talent in meters … Ladies and gentlemen, Bernadette Peters!”
Modern Duck Umbrella
It was bound to happen.
Non-Gluey-Feeling Lip Gloss
Modern chinoiserie from designer Dingding Hu.
The point of this board game is to amass the most valuable art collection, as well as the most cash.
If all those wooden kitchen toys feel a little staid.
*This article appears in the November 25, 2019, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!
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